If you are looking for an exciting championship battle to watch in the final month of the racing season at Rocky Mountain Raceways, you need not look any further than the Young Automotive Group USAC/SLVRA Sprint Car Series.
With just two nights of racing remaining (09/03/11 and 09/10/11), both Ryan Burdett and Jimmy Waters are tied for the championship lead, per the United States Auto Club website, usacracing.com, the official sanctioning body for the series.
It wasn’t that long ago that Burdett found himself leading Waters. That all changed, however, when the No. 36 car suffered problems on 07/30/11. As a result, Waters steered his No. 24 machine home to a victory, while Burdett ended up with a very disappointing sixth-place finish.
One week later the Burdett team once again found themselves on the wrong end of bad luck. During the feature, the car made contact with the outside retaining wall. It appeared at the time that he would be done for the night, and possibly out of the title fight. However, the 36 team repaired the car. Burdett returned to the track, to not only finish in third, but they never lost a lap.
The 24, meanwhile, went on to score the victory for a second consecutive week. Of course, this doesn’t mean Waters and company have been immune from bad luck this season. Back in July, Waters was involved with an accident while racing at Meridian (ID.) Speedway that caused extensive damage. With help from the 36 team, they were able to make the needed repairs.
The most recent event on 08/14/11 found Waters leading during the main event, while Burdett lurked behind in second-place. Suddenly the 24 slowed allowing the 36 to go by and score the win.
That is just the way it has been in 2011 for this championship fight between these two powerhouse teams.
And one thing about winning a championship, you need some good luck to your way. Both of these teams know that, considering both at have hoisted championship trophies in this series.
With all this being said, these last two nights of racing should be an exciting one for the Young Automotive Group USAC/SLVRA Sprint Car Series.
Russ Sala Jr.